Lessons with Shirah

If you have not exposed your dog to rats yet, you can start here . Shirah will introduce your dog to the course and rats and start to identify your dog's "tell". Each dog is different on their natural hunting ability. Most teams will need 3 to 4 beginning lessons until they really start to get the gist of the game. then watch out you and your dog are going to be having lots of fun!  Shirah excels at helping the beginning team start out in the barn hunt game.  Her calm quiet approach helps your dog become comfortable and learn the goal of finding the rats in the tubes and not just finding the tubes.  You will find that Shirah will give you and your dog the foundation needed to pursue the wonderful game of Barn Hunt.  You can email Shirah directly at monroe.artist114@yahoo.com 


Lessons with Barb Krause

Barb has trained and/or competed with various dogs in agility, nose work, obedience, rally and barn hunt. Her introduction to barn hunt was in the winter of 2018, Barb's dog training skills apply nicely to this sport. Within a year of her Barn Hunt introduction, she has taken three dogs (a Border Collie (Tari) , Poodle (Gretel), and Dachshund (Fire!) from the Instinct to Master level. They all have different styles and have helped Barb be a better handler and excellent instructor. 

As an instructor, Barb excels at figuring out how to get dogs to want to do what we want them to do.  She adores watching dogs figure out the game!  And smiling.  Regardless, it’s a great day if the dog is smiling.  It is great to watch her teams do well at trials, but it’s even greater to watch the communication between the dog and handler grow stronger because of her excellent teaching skills. 

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Lessons with Stephanie Dubick

We are happy to announce the talents of Stephanie Dubick for lessons.  Stephanie is very accomplished in barn hunt as well as many other dog training.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and is a certified training partner with the Karen Pryor Academy.  We are excited to have Stephanie on board and give you the opportunity to work with such a wonderful trainer. 

Schedule lessons with Stephanie

Stephanie teaches every other Tuesday from 7-9pm.  Please schedule a time in advance.  She gets booked up very quickly.  Please email Stephanie directly at playondogs@gmail.com

Lessons at other Locations

Lake Stevens

Ann Sperry is now having barn hunt practices in the Lake Stevens area, near Frontier Village.  She will be able to do beginner through Masters lessons.  Ann has brought one dog through masters and has another almost there.  She has lead dog trainings for tracking and trailing the last few years.  Please contact her through email.  anngreenthumb@yahoo.com


Argus Ranch for Dogs has lessons with Gail McMonagle and Barb Krause.  Please check their website for more info and lessons times.  https://www.argusranch.com/

Oak Harbor

Lessons are by appointment at the McGinnis's.  Please contact them at lunewalker@aol.com to see about getting on their lesson schedule.